Wolfe Island! The largest of the 1000 Islands, and located in Lake Ontario, Canada, Wolfe Island is quaint and cute and easily accessible from city hub of Kingston. A trip to this small city involves lots of eating, coffee-drinking, and shopping, a trip to the Penitentiary Museum, Fort Henry, and the waterfront.
But getting on the ferry from Kingston and experiencing the city from the water is a whole other thing, and getting to explore the calm, sweet Wolfe Island is a great bonus adventure to add to a trip in this beautiful area.
It was a really lovely journey across Lake Ontario, giving great views of Fort Henry, the LaSalle Causeway, and the city skyline. You also get a chance to physically zoom in on the wind turbines often visible from downtown Kingston.
The island was a gem – home to Wolfe Island Bakery (have a cinnamon stick!), Wolfe Island Grill, a public library branch, and a beautiful Catholic Church. We only got to explore a small section of the island, really just the main drag from the general store to the church, and in the other direction from the ferry dock to Cycle Wolfe Island bike rentals, and in part this was due to a lack of transportation.
I would recommend renting or bringing a bicycle to expand the area you are able to explore, and I would even consider bringing a car sometime in order to see some of the beaches and sights that are further away from the ferry dock.
The run down:
Departure: Kingston Waterfront, Ontario Street, on the block between the Shell Station and the K-Rock Centre.
Arrival: Wolfe Island Ferry Dock
Travel Time: 20 minutes
Departure times: Every hour, but not ON the hour. Check out the schedule here for departure times from both the mainland, and the island
Restrictions: Only 55 car spots are available, so plan accordingly. Bike racks are available if you want to take your two wheels over. A little over 290 people spots are available per trip. We didn’t have any trouble getting a spot – literally walked right on – but I imagine in the heat of summer this is a popular activity, and it could be rather crowded.
Logistics: Almost none. We briskly walked from the other side of downtown to the terminal in under 15 minutes, and wandered on to the boat. Watch out for traffic on the mainland side, but really it’s surprisingly easy, in comparison to other ferry rides. For those with mobility issues or young children, you might want to arrive early as there seemed to be limited seating on the top deck.
*Definitely wear sunscreen!* We did not do this, and I am still feeling the results. 20 minutes on the water plus the wait for the boat on either side is definitely enough time for a serious burn!
Have you taken the Wolfe Island Ferry, or spent time on the Island? Share your stories with me in the comments! What should I see next time I visit?